Hero truck driver reunites lost little girl with her family

KTLA -- A truck driver is being praised on Thursday after finding a missing little girl and walking her back to her home, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

Luis Navarro pulled over his truck on Gilman Springs Road in the unincorporated area of San Jacinto on Wednesday when he saw the child walking in the street by herself, according to officials.

"She was just there by herself, playing with rocks, you know, doing what a normal kid would do" said Navarro. "I couldn't believe it, I was hoping she didn't make herself towards the cars because there was literally nobody stopping."

Navarro became concerned and approached the child while recording on Facebook Live. He is shown grabbing her hand and asking her questions in Spanish about her name, home and her parents.

Navarro told KTLA he recorded the incident so no one would think he was attempting to abduct the girl.

"To be honest, the main thing was my safety," said Navarro. "I didn't want somebody else being there or seeing that and assume I'm trying to take her or I'm going to do some harm to her."

Navarro was able to locate her address and walked her back to her home in the 34000 block of Gilman Springs Road before alerting authorities around 5 p.m., police said.

The little girl wandered off while her mother was tending to an infant sibling, according to investigators who interviewed the girl's parents and siblings at the residence.

Navarro told KTLA he spoke with the parents and asked them to be more aware in the future.

"I knocked on the door and there was no answer so I opened the door myself and I shouted out," said Navarro. "I was really pissed off. The fact that they act like it was normal, like it's happened before, it's okay. I told them that you got to watch them because once they're gone, they're gone and they won't come back.

Anyone with additional information about the incident is asked to call the Riverside County Sheriff's Department at 951-791-3400.

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